Give Yourself to Others …

Archive for January 2008

I was tempted to title this post, “The Root of All Problems” or “The Root of Most Problems.” I guess that’s an admission of how strongly I feel about the point I want to make.

That root cause is selfishness, or self-centeredness. Maybe you have a better word, but I talking about the fact that most of us, most of the time put ourselves at the center of the universe.

  • How I feel is more important that now you feel. It’s more important for me to be content or happy or satisfed, than it is for you to be content or happy or satisfied.
  • My needs are more important than your needs.

You probably get the point.

This is the root of so many problems because most conflict arises when your needs differ from other needs. And this can manifest itself in so many ways:

  • Christians argue about doctrine because one thinks it’s important to be right on all doctrine and another Christian has a different belief.
  • Husbands and wives argue because one wants to go out and another wants to stay home.
  • Parents argue with children because the parents want “blind obedience” to their commands. And the children rebel because they think they’re as smart as their parents and can make their own decisions.
  • Protestors lobby the legislature because they think they know better than others what some law should say.

We think too much of ourselves, and don’t think enough of others.

I think this is some of what Jesus was talking about when he said we should “love one another as I have loved you and gave my life for you. And this is how others will know that you’re my disciples, because you love one another.”

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